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- System won't boot after flashing bios
August 31, 2005, 2:20 pm
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drivers, 2 250GB SATA Drives & 1 180GB ATA drive. WinXP and Fedora Core
3 installed on the ATA drive with grub boot loader, boot partition is
I flashed the bios with the latest from MSI, with the flash update
Now the sytem won't boot at all, the bios screen won't even come up, I
get a flashing cursor. I don't have a floppy drive. I assume the
bios is corrupt, how can I boot the system and reflash the bios?
Re: System won't boot after flashing bios
Try clearing CMOS.
How did you flash it? Surely you didn't use a windows based
flasher? WIndows flashers work fine a lot of the time, but
it's the times they _don't_ work, that is reason to avoid
Sometimes an old PCI video card will allow seeing output to
the display, depending on what's wrong. You should try to
get ahold of a floppy and then note whether the system is
trying to access the floppy. Hopefully you didn't
completely disable the floppy in the bios, BUT if the
default was "auto" instead of disabled, clearing the CMOS
should rectify that. If the floppy attempts to read when
system is turned on, you have a chance to put a bios on a
floppy and have it automatically reflash it.
I suggest trying to get it working with the prior, known
good bios version, not this new one. Presuming it uses
award bios, you'd create a bootable dos floppy with an
autoexec.bat file containing the flash command, for example
but of course changing it to the filename of the
awardflasher and the bios file. More detail here,
If that doesn't work you're left buying a new bios chip
pre-programmed, or doing it yourself if you're able to flash
EEPROMs out of the board.
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